I copied and pasted the rules from CapMel.com
Captain Mel Redfish and Trout Tournament Official Rules
It’s pretty simple. It is pretty easy to go by these.
Boundary: Lines may only be “cast” in Pinellas or Hillsborough County Waters. Anglers may launch from locations inside other counties but “on their honor” can only actually attempt to catch fish in Pinellas or Hillsborough County waters.
If required, you must have a valid Florida Fishing License
All Boats & Kayaks must meet all USCG and Marine Patrol safety equipment supplies.
Participants must obey all local and state manatee protection zones and speed limits.
No Live or Dead Baits can be used – designated Artificial Lures Only. No scent may be added to your lures.
The tournament is for fun and to benefit charity. We expect people to go by the “Honor System” but people caught not using the designated lures will be disqualified. You may not add any natural bait to the lure or extra attractant.
The contest is for the non-professional anglers. Pros can participate but are ineligible to win prizes.
Your first camera photo should have all your lures and your measuring device. Your assigned number should be on your measuring board and in all of your photos.
Your second photo should be your measuring stick shown at “first light”
Subsequent photos will be of your catch on the supplied measuring stick.
The longest redfish can win. The longest trout can win. The Grand Prize in every division is the “Longest Combined Inches” of your longest redfish and longest trout.
Approved measuring devices must be clearly visible in all photos. The fish should be placed with the “head” of the fish at the “zero” section of the ruler and the photograph of the fish without tail pinch, “Natural Lay” for the tournament measurement. Tournament judges will determine the length by what they see in the photos. This cannot be disputed. If you bring out a dead fish to say “this is how big it was” you will be completely disqualified from the entire event.
Only one rod at a time may be used, participants must hook, fight and secure the fish. Only assistance applies to kids in the Junior division.
Only one photo per angler and per category may be entered,
All fish must be caught and released on the day of event “after 1st safe light” and the angler must get his camera to the weigh-in station by 2:30PM.
The Junior and Kayak participants are NOT eligible for grand prize or any of
the general division cash, prizes or trophies unless they select to forego the Junior or Kayak division designation and “Opt” for the “Open” division.
In the event of a tie, photo turned in 1st will win the tiebreaker.
Tournament Director and judges have the final say on any catch or dispute that may arise. Violation of the rules may warrant a disqualification. A disqualified participant will not get their entry fee refunded.
ALL disputes or challenges must be filed the day of the tournament by 4:00pm & include a $100.00 Challenge fee. If the challenge is not upheld the fee is forfeited, if challenge is upheld the fee will be refunded.
The tournament directors reserve the right to limit the total number of participants and may deny entry based on previous issues regarding inappropriate actions by the entrant. All rules of the event must be followed; failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Total participants: For planning and scheduling, there is a limit to the number of people we can allow to sign up for the tournament: This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and when the categories fill no more participants will be accepted. Don’t wait to sign up or you’ll have to wait until next year!
*Cash Payouts depend on the total number of paid entrants.
*Final cash prize amounts will be announced and awarded at the weigh in
It is the sole responsibility of the entrants to have sufficient liability insurance to cover themselves and their guests if any. The tournament organizers are in no way liable for any injuries sustained by participants in this event.
The night prior to the event. Show up, pay if you haven’t paid before: Get your “assigned number” and your tournament materials.
Launch Location & Tournament Fishing Area – Participants may launch wherever they wish but they must fish in “Pinellas or Hillsborough County” waters.
Start Fishing – 1st “Safe Light”
Weigh In – 1 to 3PM at the Fat Cat Tavern. Participants “must be in line” at 2:30PM in order to be eligible for a prize.
All digital photo cards must be received by no later than 2:30pm. Arriving after 2:30pm, entrants will not be eligible for prizes.
Divisions – Junior – Open
Participants ages (14 & Under) will be fishing in the Junior division, Entry Fee – $ 30.00 Prizes & Trophies Awarded (No Cash)
Participants ages (15 and Up) will be fishing in the Open Division, Entry Fee – $ 30.00 or the No Motor, Fly or Ladies divisions for $30. Cash Prizes & Trophies Awarded.
Divisions- “No Motor” Or, the “Kayak Division” which is wade, paddlecraft, from land or bridges. $30.00, competing only against other entered in that division. Anyone “non-motorized” can select to compete in the “Open Division” (and pay that fee). Opting into the open division eliminates the participant from cash or prizes in the “kayak division”.
If required all participants must have in their possession a valid Florida fishing license as required by FWC and must at all times follow all federal, state and local laws and must handle all fish in such a way as to reduce injury to the maximum extent possible.
Severe/Inclement Weather: In the event that event coordinators due to weather must cancel the tournament, this event will be rescheduled for a date in the future.